15 Aug’13, I donated blood in my college’s blood bank. I called my mother, told her proudly that I donated blood today, only to realize that she felt worried and concerned at the same time about my health, asking questions whether I feel weak and why do I need to donate blood while I cannot take ample care of myself away from home and all those motherly worries:-) 🙂 🙂
She is well educated and keeps reading the health columns in the newspaper and so are most of us, but still we have some prejudices about blood donation and many a myths that surround blood donation.
I did some online research and collected some of the popular myths and EXCUSES for not donating blood:
1) Myth: Giving blood hurts.
Fact: The pain experienced is no more than a needle prick. The slight soreness that maybe where the needle was is just a reminder of the good deed done.
2) Myth: Health deteriorates after donating blood/ I will need to rest a day after I donate blood.
Fact: If you are healthy prior to donation, your recovery is complete in a day or two.
You can resume your regular activities after a short rest of half an hour by considering the following:
-Have sufficient drinking water or juice within 24 hours after donation of blood.
-Avoid exposure to sunlight
-Avoid driving for next 2-3 hours.
-Avoid smoking at least 4 hours after donation.
-Avoid Alcohol for 24 hours
3) Myth: Donating blood may expose me to various infections such as HIV or hepatitis.
Fact: A clear procedure exists for taking blood from each donor. Sterility is maintained at all steps. A sterile, new needle is used for each donation and is then properly discarded. Use of sterile equipment and technique limits the chance of infection.
4) Myth: I suffer from diabetes, I cannot donate blood
Fact: Not true again. If you are on oral medication for diabetes and are not insulin-dependent, you are a good candidate to donate blood. All you need to do is keep a few of these parameters in mind before you donate. You should not have donated blood for at least 56 days, and should be generally healthy. If you suffer from high blood pressure or any other heart disease, make sure to consult your doctor before you donate blood.
5) Myth: Giving blood is time consuming.
6) Myth: There is limited blood in the body and it is unhealthy to give some away.
Fact: Your body has about 5-6000mL of blood. Only about 470mL of blood is taken during a donation session. There is enough blood in the body to donate it without any ill effects. The body makes new blood after donation.
7) Myth: Age is a deterrent to blood donation.
Fact: Anybody above the age of 18, yes the same age you can drive, vote and marry,…is eligible for blood donation.
Also, there is no longer an upper age limit for donation. So long as you are healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds or 50 kg, you can continue to donate as a lifelong contribution to your community.
8) Myth – “I can’t give blood because I’m anemic.”
Fact – Your hemoglobin (iron) level will be checked o9prior to donating blood. A hemoglobin level more than 12.5 makes you eligible enough for donation.
9)Myth: I need my blood.
Fact: Your body keeps on replenishing blood cells. The body produces new cells faster after a donation. All the RBCs are replaced within 3-4 days and WBCs within 3 weeks
10) Myth: Taking medication means that one cannot be a blood donor.
Fact: Depending on the medication being taken, it may halt donation for a period, though in many cases it won’t prevent a donation. person in charge or the nursing staff should be informed before donating.
For your kind information, India faces a blood deficit of approximately 30-35 percent annually. The country needs around eight to ten million units of blood every year but manages a measly 5.5 million units. As per WHO standards, India’s demand for blood and blood components should be one percent of the total population. The shortage seems largely due to the misconceptions and myths surrounding the noble act of blood donation.
RAKTDAAN, KAR KE DEKHO, ACHCHHA LAGTA HAI:-)
”Who benefits from your blood donations?”
+ Accident and burns victims – A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.
+ Cancer patients – It is estimated that more than 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year; most cancer patients will require blood, sometimes daily, or during their chemotherapy treatment.
+ For those undergoing surgery
+ People with bleeding disorders like haemophilia
+ People with immune system disorders
+ People with sickle cell anaemia
- MP: Meet Sharad Kumre, the man who has donated blood 50 times (ibnlive.in.com)